ISSA Webinar: Long-term care and innovation − Digitalization, alternative care settings and workforce

6 December 2022 | Virtual

ISSA Webinar: Long-term care and innovation − Digitalization, alternative care settings and workforce

6 December 2022 | Virtual

Tuesday, 6 December 2022, from 14:00-15:45 (UTC/GMT+1 or CET)

Languages: Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Spanish (Simultaneous interpretation – Frequently asked questions)

Responding to the evolving needs of an ageing population brings significant challenges, mainly providing adequate and quality long-term care (LTC), health and social care services in an efficient and financially sustainable manner.

Innovation is key to ensuring that LTC services are timely, comprehensive and affordable, allowing a decent standard of living for people with LTC needs. Innovative strategies need to be designed based on each country’s needs and capacities. This should allow to increase the offer of alternative LTC services (homecare, community-based care and residential care), including through accessible digital solutions, and a qualified workforce, to ensure these respond to the needs of the elderly, in a more engaging environment.

As part of the ISSA’s cross-cutting project on LTC, this webinar will provide a contemporary snapshot of innovative strategies shared by international organizations and ISSA members to support countries in responding to the growing LTC needs in a financially sustainable way.

Join us for this seventh ISSA Webinar on LTC, as part of the series of webinars on various aspects on this major challenge related to ISSA’s triennial topical priority on ageing societies.


Dana-Carmen Bachmann Dana-Carmen Bachmann, Head of Unit, Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission (EC)
Ana Llena-Nozal Ana Llena-Nozal, Senior Economist, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
François Perl François Perl, Director of Public Affairs, Studies and Advocacy, National Union of Socialist Mutual Benefit Societies (Solidaris), Belgium, and Chair of the Working Group on Long-term Care, International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM)
Heinz Rothgang Heinz Rothgang, Director, Department of Health, Long-term Care and Pensions, SOCIUM Research Centre on Inequality and Social Policy, University of Bremen, Germany

This webinar will examine the following questions:

  • What main global priorities and challenges for long-term care may need novel approaches?
  • How can innovation make a difference and contribute to respond to the growing LTC needs?
  • What are the main barriers to overcome to provide LTC that is of high quality and affordable in a digital environment?
  • How to coordinate efforts at international level to strengthen the impact of the strategies and innovative measures taken?


  • Welcome by Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, Secretary General, ISSA
  • Introduction
  • The expertise from the European Commission
  • The expertise from OECD
  • The case experience of Solidaris, Belgium
  • The case experience from the University of Bremen, Germany
  • Q&A – Discussion
  • Conclusions
Raúl Ruggia-Frick Moderated by Raúl Ruggia-Frick, Director, Social Security Development Branch, ISSA

Practical information

The webinar is open to delegates of ISSA member organizations and invited institutions without registration fee.